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Elbeck and the Lure of Contract Brewing

They may not have an address, but Elbeck Brews officially has beer. I profiled Edmonton’s fledgling contract brewery on my CBC column on Friday. You can listen to it here. This is a follow-up of my initial introduction on this site a few months ago (find here). Basically I save my CBC profiles until there […]

New England IPA You Say? Yes, Indeed!

The original New England IPA??

A couple weeks back I introduced CBC listeners to a new kind of IPA – new at least for these parts. New England IPA. You can listen to the CBC column here if you wish.

The column was inspired by my sampling of the three-way collaboration brew Troubled Waters […]

Gypsy Brewers Coming to Alberta?

The world’s most famous itinerant brewer, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller. Photo courtesy Sydney Morning Herald.

Last Friday I decided to focus my attention in my CBC column on something that might, just might, become a thing in Alberta in 2017. Namely that the oil province may pick up on an international trend that […]

Gifts for Beer Lovers – Good for Any Occasion

The gift of beer is appropriate any time of year. Except maybe this particular brand.

When you have a beer aficionado in your life, it is like every day is Christmas. So even though we are a good 36 hours or so into 2017, I see no reason why I shouldn’t dredge up my […]

Taking Holiday Beer to the Next Level

The perfect Xmas spiced beer?

My CBC column last Friday took aim at the growing list of Xmas and holiday ale offerings (you can listen to it here). While in the piece I do talk about why holiday spiced beer and the like are so popular, I tried to offer up some extensions of […]

Beau’s Meets Alberta

I have long respected Beau’s All Natural, a fast-growing Ottawa-area brewery. On a trip to Ontario a number of years ago I got to try their flagship Lug Tread Lagered Ale (which really is a Kolsch in disguise) and quickly fell in love with it. The proof lies in my review of it which you […]

Changes Coming at Big Rock?

My CBC beer column last week centred around the news of the resignation of Big Rock CEO Bob Sartor. It was somewhat surprising news and it got me wondering what might this mean for Alberta’s oldest and largest craft brewery. You can listen to the column here.

For those not familiar with Big Rock’s long […]

Boo! Beer for Halloween

Photo courtesy of thebeerdiaries.tv

Happy Halloween!

My CBC RadioActive beer column on Friday took a look at what beer might be appropriate to serve on this day of spookiness. You can listen to it here.

I started with the obvious, mentioning beer names and labels that have a spooky association, including a classics such […]

What Onbeer Did on Its Summer Vacation

I have mentioned briefly at times that over the summer I made a commitment to visit as many of the new breweries that have opened in Alberta in recent months. On a series of trips I worked my way around the province, hitting Lethbridge, Calgary, Cochrane, Olds, Didsbury, Red Deer, Lacombe, Edson and Grande Prairie. […]

Does a Canadian Beer Style Exist?

A few weeks back I was perusing the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines (yes, I do that for fun) and reflecting how many styles are anchored in a particular region. Not just the obvious of Germany, England and Belgium, but also places like Kentucky, Finland, Italy and Argentina. Beer styles really have a geographic grounding, even […]